Market Activity Over $1 Million Year-End in San Francisco

Friday, January 6th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm | Buyers, Market Trends, San Francisco Real Estate, Sellers

Home & Condo/Coop Property Sales

December Property sales were 80, down -20.0% from 100 in December of 2010 and -15.8% lower than the 95 sales last month. December 2011 sales were at a mid level compared to December of 2010 and 2009. December YTD sales of 1,020 are running 2.2% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 998.

Home & Condo/Coop Sold Prices

The Median Sales Price in December was $1,348,500, down -7.4% from $1,455,500 in December of 2010 and down -14.9% from $1,585,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in December was $1,916,134, up 5.9% from $1,809,866 in December of 2010 and down -15.2% from $2,258,616 last month. December 2011 ASP was at highest level compared to December of 2010 and 2009.

Home & Condo/Coop Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of December was 174, down -43.9% from 310 last month and down -28.4% from 243 in December of last year. December 2011 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to December of 2010 and 2009.

Home & Condo/Coop Absorption of Inventory (MSI)

MSI is the number of months it takes to sell the current inventory at  the monthly sales pace.  A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers.  The December 2011 MSI of 2.2 months was at its lowest level compared with December of 2010 and 2009.

Home & Condo/Coop Market Time

The average Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for December was 73, up 21.7% from 60 days last month and equal to 73 days in December of last year. The December 2011 DOM was at its lowest level compared with December of 2010 and 2009.

Home & Condo/Coop Selling Price per Square Foot

The Selling Price per Square Foot is a great indicator for the direction of Property values. Since Median Sales Price and Average Sales price can be impacted by the ‘mix’ of high or low end Properties in the market, the selling price per square foot is a more normalized indicator on the direction of Property values. The December 2011 Selling Price per Square Foot of $681 was down -11.7% from $771 last month and down -1.4% from $691 in December of last year.

Home & Condo/Coop Selling Price vs Original Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Original Listing Price reveals the average amount that Sellers are agreeing to come down from their original list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller’s market. The December 2011 Selling Price vs Original List Price of 99.6% was up from 99.0% last month and up from 98.0% in December of last year.

Based on information from San Francisco MLS for the period  through 12/31/2011. Due to MLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy, this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate. Therefore, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage does not guarantee the data accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS’s may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

 

 

 

End of 2011 San Francisco Market Activity Under $1M

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 @ 11:25 am | Buyers, Market Trends, San Francisco Real Estate, Sellers

Property Sales for homes and condos

December Property sales were 413, down -4.2% from 431 in December of 2010 and -4.4% lower than the 432 sales last month. December 2011 sales were at their lowest level compared to December of 2010 and 2009. December YTD sales of 5,160 are running 5.5% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 4,891.

Prices  for homes & condos

The Median Sales Price in December was $550,000, up 1.7% from $541,000 in December of 2010 and equal to $550,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in December was $541,583, down -2.8% from $557,001 in December of 2010 and down -3.6% from $561,893 last month. December 2011 ASP was at the lowest level compared to December of 2010 and 2009.

Inventory for homes & condos

 The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of December was 950, down -40.6% from 1,600 last month and down -50.3% from 1,912 in December of last year. December 2011 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to December of 2010 and 2009.

Housing Absorption (MSI) for homes & condos

MSI is the number of months it takes to sell the current inventory at  the monthly sales pace.  A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The December 2011 MSI of 2.3 months was at its lowest level compared with December of 2010 and 2009.

Market Time for homes & condos

The average Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for December was 84, up 5.0% from 80 days last month and up 2.4% from 82 days in December of last year. The December 2011 DOM was at its highest level compared with December of 2010 and 2009.

Selling Price per Square Foot for homes & condos

The Selling Price per Square Foot is a great indicator for the direction of Property values. Since Median Sales Price and Average Sales price can be impacted by the ‘mix’ of high or low end Properties in the market, the selling price per square foot is a more normalized indicator on the direction of Property values. The December 2011 Selling Price per Square Foot of $423 was down -4.1% from $441 last month and down -4.1% from $441 in December of last year.

Selling Price vs Original Listing Price for homes & condos

The Selling Price vs Original Listing Price reveals the average amount that Sellers are agreeing to come down from their original list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller’s market. The December 2011 Selling Price vs Original List Price of 99.8% was down from 100.3% last month and up from 98.3% in December of last year.

 

 

 

2011 Year End San Francisco Real Estate Summary

Sunday, January 1st, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Buyers, Homeownership, Market Trends, Real Estate, San Francisco Real Estate

 

San Francisco Real Estate Market saw the usual year end slowdown as buyers and sellers turned their attention to the holidays, family and friends, and last minute shopping.

Yet there were pockets of activity where focused buyers competed for limited inventory, determined to wrap up transactions before 2011 ended.  

As throughout the year, well priced properties continued to sell in the first  30 days on the market evidenced by  mulitple offers with Buyers offering the asking price or more to purchase.  

One interesting observation that occurred towards the end of 2011 was that many properties that had been on the market for a very long time are now sold … which speaks to the diminishing inventory and the pent up demand to buy in the city.  

For the astute Buyer: What hadn’t sold in 2011 and was taken off the market during the Holidays, tends to sell in January and February while still off the market…our so called “hidden market”.  Call me so as not to miss out.

Generation X – young families and adults ages 31 to 45 are likely to lead the home buying recovery as they are in full force with their careers; they see the benefits of homeownership and they need  room to accommodate their growing families.

Baby Boomers comprise of 41% of our prospective Buyers today – buying their “essence of San Francisco” (i.e. second home) and/or downsizing to smaller homes in other neighborhoods within their city.

“It’s hard to see the possibility of losing on a home purchase right now, with these low mortgage rates”, quote from a Dean Baker of Businessweek 10/24/11.

 

 

 

Wandering into Sea Cliff

Homes along El Camino Del Mar in Sea Cliff San Francisco

Have you ever wandered around San Francisco and came upona neighborhood that you fell in love with …and you didn’t even knowwhere you were

And the next thing you wondered was, can we afford it?

As I was putting out my last Open House Sign this past Sunday in Sea Cliff, a couple stopped me to ask me just that….”What is this neighborhood called?” and “How much are these homes selling go for?”. I told them to follow me into my Open House to find out more.

They loved the grand homes  style of architecture and they were fasinated by the gently sloping streets that captured the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the water at every turn. Had they wandered 2 or 3 blocks to the West, they would have been on the Lincoln Park Golf Course and 2 or 3 blocks to the North, they would have found the path down the cliff to China Beach, not to mention the world class path along the water’s edge from Ocean Beach to Crissy Field.

Close enough to the water to hear the waves at night

 

The streets of Sea Cliff climb up the hillside gently to capture the views of the Golden Gate

Anyone wandering into one of my Open Houses will walk out with more knowledge about the real estate market activity for the surrounding neighborhood(s) and San Francisco’s Real Estate trends & other statistics than when they walked in.

As someone said at last week’s Open House, “It is like you set up a real estate course here”.

In our rapidly changing San Francisco market, it is a difficult decision in finding, much less choosing, a real estate agent to assist one in buying and or selling one of their most important and largest investments, their home. Therefore, what better place for them to start their interview process than at an Open House, by interviewing for their future agent.

Every Buyer and Seller wants to understand the real estate market before they buy or sell and while I am at an Open House to show them the value of the home I am selling, I am also there…prepared to show them why it is the best time in history to buy or sell a house and why I may be the best agent to get them where they want to go or be at the best possible price.

For example at last week’s Open House, one of my hand-outs, The 3 Year Trend of Homes SOLD in Sea Cliff and in the Surrounding Neighborhoods over $1.5 Million showed that the real estate market is beginning to show momentum upward with:

    • The Median SOLD Price in December 2010 at $1,865,000, up 2.8% from $1,815,000 in December 2009, yet down -1.6% from $1,898,250 in November 2010.
    • The Average SOLD Price in December 2010 was $2,669,750, up from $1,895,667 in December 2009 and up 12.2% from $2,380,417 in November 2010.

 

    • December 2010 Average SOLD Price was at highest level compared to December of 2009 and 2008.

 

SOLD Prices are fairly stable over $1.5 Million in the past 3 years

I quickly explained that with zero SOLDS reported in January & February 2009 and February 2010 as indicated by the arrows above, there is an explainable dip in the trends for those months.

Let’s meet. Stop by and pick up one of my hand-outs at any of my Open Houses…and let’s start the interview process by asking me. “How’s the market?”.

Just follow my Open House Signs, they are everywhere! Or give me a tweet @AnnScherbert.

Follow the signs

Follow Ann Scherbert’s Open House Signs to understanding the market

 

 

 

San Francisco Real Estate Can Be Seen At 37 Degrees 49 Minutes

San Francisco real estate is located at 37 degrees 49 minutes

On May 8, 2009, Mick Dawson and Chris Martin set off for the Golden Gate Bridge in their 23 foot row boat envisioning San Francisco real estate?6,000 miles away and arriving 189 days later on Friday, November 13th crossing?under the bridge at 37 degrees 49 minutes.

The skipper, Dawson said, “The Golden Gate and the city beyond looked ‘like heaven’ in the bright morning light”, as they arrived. And “heaven” it is, for many of those that have traveled near and far to own a piece of San Francisco real estate here.

Setting onto San Francisco real estate after 189 days at sea rowing in the heart of the Marina, California

Just as Dawson and Chris were envisioning San Francisco for 189 days by further saying,?”if anything means San Francisco, it is that bridge”, there were also those that had been envisioning the same image of the bridge when they bought and/or sold a piece of their “heaven” during those same 189 days.

Of the 2,183 San Francisco homes on the market from May 8, 2009 to November 13, 2009 (189 days), 72 had views of the Golden Gate Bridge:

San Francisco real estate market -72 homes have Golden Gate Bridge views in California from 5-08-09 to 11-13-09

40?Homes have sold from $565.101K to $11.5M

9 Homes have accepted offers with asking prices from $775.K to $9.M.

24 Homes are still on the market for now an average of 66 days, asking from $649K to $15.2M.

Of the 2,544 San Francisco Condos, Coops, Lofts, and T.I.C.s on the market from May 8, 2009 to November 13, 2009, 117 had views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Real Estate Condo/Coop/Loft/TIC market with views at 37 Degrees 49 Minutes since 5-08-09 to 11-13-09

59 have sold from $360K to $7.250M

17 have accepted offers with asking prices from $449.9K to $3.495M.

41 are on?the market an average of 61 days, asking from $419K to $8.5M.

Do you want to know how much a piece of “heaven” with a 37 Degree 49 Minute view is worth?

Ask me by emailing me at ColdwellBanker@AnnScherbert.com

 

 

 

Location and Done Is Our New Mantra

Friday, May 1st, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | Buyers, Homeownership, Market Trends, Real Estate, San Francisco, Sellers

It is May… and finally at last, the?”jumbo conforming” loans (up to $729,750) are now available and ironically just as?the new?appraisal rules (for lending) come into play this month.?

Buying on the Northside is buying in one of our best locations of San Francisco, CA

On the Northside of San Francisco the median asking price for Condos?is now $1,095,000 and for Homes, it is now?$3,495,000.

For stellar buyers that have been eyeing?prime located Condos and/or Homes in “done” condition?on the Northside of San Francisco, they are?now able to take full advantage of? a “jumbo conforming” loan (up to) $729,750 at an?attractive rate below 5% that the Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac “conforming” loans (up to $417,000)?have been touting?for some time now this year.

Under Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac guidelines on the Northside of San Francisco:

29 Condos out of 179 Condos on the market have asking prices of $556,000 or less. Buyers for these 29 Condos are able to take full advantage of the lowest interest rates with 25% down payment and the “conforming” loan amount of $417,000.

An additional 52 Condos out of 179 Condos on the market have asking prices between $556,000 and $973,000.? Buyers for these 52 Condos are?able to take?full advantage of the lowest interest rates with 25% down payment and the?”jumbo conforming” loan of $719,750.

There is only one home out of 64 homes on the market is?asking price below $912,000 for Buyers to?take full advantage of the lowest interest rates with 20% down payment using the “jumbo conforming” loan amount of $719,750.

With the new appraisal rules, appraisers will be an “arms-distance” from the lender and a “done” condition will be a Seller’s best defense in getting an accepted offer closed.

 

 

 

On Your Mark, Get Set ..it’s time to Get Going!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 @ 9:57 pm | Buyers, Homeownership, Market Trends, Real Estate, San Francisco, Sellers

San Francisco’s tide is changing,?the sky is clearing, and spring is in the air. It’s time to quit?stretching…and getting ready to get ready.? It’s?time to get off the mark…

It is time to stop stretching and get out ahead and in the market now on the Marina Green in San Francisco, CA

Listen to this video?(below) to understand that multiple buyers in San Francisco are?no longer waiting to?get ready?and now are taking action.?

Real Estate Rebound Video from CBS5.com

Only one lucky Buyer bought each of these homes…leaving all these other Buyers still wanting to buy and ready to buy.

With this upsurge of 1st time Buyers’ demand in San Francisco, now is the time to do your homework,?get qualified, and be ready to?get what you want.

The tide is changing in San Francisco, the sun is coming out, spring is in the air…get going!

 

 

 

Affordability Today vs. Waiting At The Fence?

Monday, March 9th, 2009 @ 4:20 pm | Buyers, Homeownership, Market Trends, Real Estate, San Francisco, Sellers

Let’s put?waiting?at the fence?and affordability in perspective.

Waiting on the fence???is not all that is cracked up to be.

Historically speaking the affordability standard?has never?changed over the years for 1st time Buyers.?

What did change is those Buyers with no money (that bought in recent years) had a short time view on a long term investment.

Historically speaking - affordability is on the rise in San Francisco

Affordability?has always been reflected in?a comfortable monthly mortgage payment with?an initial cash investment into the property (i.e. down payment) and the peace of mind of?an interest rate?that is within one’s means now and for?the long term.

 

Go back 30 years or since 1971 and 30 year fixed rate loans from Freddie Mac can????t come close to today????s interest rates!

Today’s 1st time Buyers have a lot more going for them by getting off the fence?with lower interest rates, the federal government paying them to buy before 12/01/09 with a $8,000 tax credit,?and affordable prices.??

 

 

 

Recognizing the “Real Value” of 1 Bedroom Condos on the Northside

So far this year…1st time Buyers looking at Open Houses on the Northside of San Francisco may be finding the 1+ Bedroom condo market below $700,000 a bit complex…

Up to $700K On the Northside of San Francisco????s 1+ Bedroom Real Estate Market 2009 to 3-02

…even if you do the numbers?to check out price per square feet, days on the market/when properties came on the? market, original price?/current price, built date, …etc. etc. etc.??

This is not an ordinary market on the Northside of San Francisco. And Buyers that are really seriously looking to buy and do not have an agent yet…need an “experienced” agent?early on.

At my Open Houses now, I have set up an easel to show 1st time Buyers the opportunities they are not recognizing for themselves.

Illustrating that is no ordinary San Francisco real estate market but a rare moment of opportunity

Cutting through the numbers on a spreadsheet and visiting open houses is worth the time in recognizing this rare moment in time for 1st time Buyers on the Northside of San Francisco.

Yet,?there are actually 3 markets for one bedroom condos on?the North side of the city…

Three One Bedroom Condo Markets on the Northside of San Francisco, CA in early March 2009

… and without recognizing these 3 markets, one will not to?see the “real values” of buying in?the one bedroom condo market?on the Northside of San Francisco.

Market One – New construction with & without parking located on the edges of the Northside of San Francisco.?

Market Two – Condos without parking or with only leased parking available are generally considered the lower end of the market.

Market Three- Condos with parking (deeded) that is included in the price of the condo?tend to have the highest resale value of all three markets.

Recognizing the?”real value” of?each of these one bedroom markets is important and more important is, “What do you want that you don’t have now?”

 

 

 

Buy Now or Wait for What?

Sunday, March 1st, 2009 @ 9:10 pm | Buyers, Homeownership, Market Trends, Neighborhoods, San Francisco

At my last two Sunday?Open Houses?in Pacific Heights (East)

?From 1650 Jackson St #401 in Pacific Heights (East)????s deeded patio looking towards Nob Hill & the TransAmerica building in the distance

 

…the weather has been overcast or rainy and yet Buyers are out there looking and they are not just coming in from?my open house?signs scattered along the four neighborhood commerical areas.

?Northside of San Francisco has four great walkable neighborhood commerical areas

Buyers?are wondering?whether to wait or to buy now.?

And I have had to ask…waiting for what?

Waiting for a bargain? vs. finding a home on the North side of the city?now???

?San Francisco Change in Home Values in 2008 on Northside of the city

Waiting for where?the market?bottoms out vs.?investing in?”Location, Location, Location” in?our great city?

Note that property values are holding their own – see circled neighborhood?areas on map above and below.

Excerpt from Zillow.com Home Index for 4th Quarter for San Francisco

Waiting for prices to rise vs. finding the value of a home now?

Waiting for multiple offers again vs. writing an offer without the competition now?

Waiting for the interest rates to rise?vs. getting tax deductions now??

Interest Rates at a 50 Year Low - Bankrate.com

Waiting until it is too late to meet the deadline?to use the?1st time Buyer’s stimulus tax credit package vs. taking advantage of?this $8,000 one-time incentive now?

When is waiting better, if you can get what you want now?

 

 

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